Curfew continued for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday in most parts of the Kashmir Valley to prevent widespread violence.
“Strict curfew shall continue in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama districts in south and Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Bandipora towns in the north,” a senior police official told IANS here.
“Curfew will also continue in the two central districts of Srinagar and Badgam.”
Unabated violence continued on Monday as angry mobs clashed with the security forces and torched police posts and pickets.
Since violence started here on Saturday following the death of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, 22, who was killed in a gunfight on Friday along with two of his associates, 30 people including 29 civilian protesters and a policeman have died.
“Of these, 14 people died in Anantnag, eight in Kulgam, four in Shopian, three in Pulwama and one in Srinagar district,” the official confirmed.
Twelve paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) troopers were injured on Monday evening when someone from a stone pelting crowd hurled a grenade at the forces in Srinagar’s Nowhatta area.
Intelligence agencies said this was a dangerous development.
“Militants using stone pelting mobs as cover is a serious development. This would blur the distinction between civilian protesters and militants,” said a senior intelligence official.
Forty weapons including AK-47 rifles, INSAS rifles, one light machine gun and dozens of magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were looted by angry mobs during the destruction of four police stations in south Kashmir on Saturday and Sunday.